In the third Victorian mystery from prizewinning author David Morrell, the notorious Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey investigates a truly unprecedented murder - the first to ever take place on the railways.
The sensational climax to David Morrell's acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.
In 1855, the first murder on an English train causes a wave of fear and panic. There is no escape from a killer in a closed train carriage... and yet the killer can vanish into any station and be lost in the crowd.
Notorious Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincy and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, are travelling on the train where the murder takes place. As they follow the clues through the fogbound London streets, they find themselves confronting their most ruthless enemy.
Inspired by real events, Ruler of the Night transports readers to the darkest shadows of Victorian England, with a thrilling tale of murder, Empire and revenge.
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Riveting! With this mesmerizing series, David Morrell doesn't just delve into the world of Victorian England - he delves into the heart of evil, pitting one man's opium-skewed brilliance against a society where appearances are everything...and the most vicious killers lurk closer than anyone thinks. — Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing
Spectacular...The narrative builds to a powerful but bittersweet ending that will leave readers hoping that Morrell eventually chooses to resurrect this superb series. — Publishers Weekly
Morrell expertly captures in prose the economic and political divisions of Victorian society, but he leavens his social commentary with moments of high adventure. — Kirkus Reviews
A complex, top-notch mystery, with a large cast of characters and multiple, interwoven plotlines...Philosophical, uncannily perceptive De Quincey competes well with Sherlock Holmes for brilliance despite drug use — Booklist
A feat of brilliant storytelling — Huffington Post
A cracking yarn, irresistible as an emergency bottle of laudanum secreted in a shabby coat pocket. Richly detailed and engrossing; Morrell animates the Victorian era and delivers genre thrills with rare style and panache — Kirkus
Murder as a Fine Art was fantastic, and Inspector of the Dead is even better...Morrell is darkly inventive with the murders and cleverly mines very real history...The author brings each character back to life, and they spring fully formed from the page...I dare you to put this down once you've picked it up! — My Bookish Ways
Stellar writing and storytelling...Real historical figures mix with the heroes, and the thriller elements are both terrifying and grotesque. Morrell's impeccable research shines — Herald Tribune
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A gaslit gallop through Victorian London — Financial Times
A terrific read. As one would expect of Morrell, it is compulsive and thrilling, but its use of de Quincey also allows for discursions that are both funny and touching - de Quincey and his daughter are great additions to the detective stage, and I hope we will have a lot more of them to come. — Judith Flanders, author of The Invention of Murder
[An] exceptional historical mystery...page-flipping action, taut atmosphere, and multifaceted characters — Booklist
Shockingly real...Morrell's thorough and erudite research of the people and culture of the British Empire's heyday informs every page. A literary thriller that pushes the envelope of fear — Associated Press
Masterful...brilliantly plotted....evokes 1854 London with such finesse that you'll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones — Entertainment Weekly
Brilliant. Everything works - the horrifying depiction of the murders, the asides explaining the impact of train travel on English society, nail-biting action sequences - making this book an epitome of the intelligent page-turner. — Publishers Weekly
David Morrell fans - and they are Legion - can look forward to celebrating Murder As a Fine Art as one of their favorite author's strongest and boldest books in years. — Dan Simmons, author of Drood
The finest thriller writer living today, bar none. — Steve Berry
A master of suspense....If you're reading Morrell, you're sitting on the edge of your seat. — Michael Connelly
An absolute master of the thriller — Dean Koontz
The father of the modern action novel — Vince Flynn
Nobody does this better than David Morrell — Lee Child
A titan among thriller writers. — Joseph Finder
Master storyteller David Morrell . . . thrills us with heart-pounding suspense while tugging at our emotions. — Tess Gerritsen